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Newsworthy (Photographs Making History)

October 15, 2015 – December 10, 2015

Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 15, 6 – 9 pm

Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 15, 7 – 8 pm

Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery is pleased to present Newsworthy (Photographs Making History), a group exhibition that explores the power of the photographic image through the genre of photojournalism. The exhibition opens October 15, 2015, and closes December 17, 2015. Please join us for the opening reception Thursday, October 15, from 6 to 9 pm; the panel discussion will be held from 7 to 8 pm in Art 103, located down the hall from the art gallery.

Newsworthy (Photographs Making History) brings together a selection of approximately 40 photographs that depict significant events in our world history from the 1920s to 1990s, ranging from public assassinations and executions to war and genocide. Established photographers include Eddie Adams, Malcolm Browne, Dan Budnik, Cornell Capa, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt, John Paul Filo, Stanley Forman, Arthur Grace, Thomas Howard, Robert Jackson, Jacques Lowe, Roderick Lyons, Steve McCurry, James Nachtwey, Arnold Newman, Marc Riboud, Sebastião Salgado, Jürgen Schadeberg, William Seaman, Sam Shere, W. Eugene Smith, Huynh Công “Nick” Ut, Weegee (Arthur Fellig), Jeff Widener, Ernest Withers, and Boris Yaro.

Photojournalism emerged as a significant genre of photography in the late 1920s and early 1930s. This practice represented picture making that was candid and unrehearsed, documenting historical events and people on film for publication in magazines and newspapers. The evolution of photojournalism would not have been possible without the introduction of the small, hand-held cameras such as the Leica or the Ermanox in the mid-1920s, using rolled film that could capture sequential images. This development was better suited for the press or news photographer than the cumbersome 4x5 Speed Graphic and the later 4x5 Graflex cameras that required many steps to operate in creating an image. The smaller, 35mm cameras, on the other hand, enabled photographers to work more discretely and quickly. By the mid-1960s, most news photographers used 35mm cameras.

At the turn of the 21st century, the technology of photography took another giant step forward: the development of the digital cameras. At the same time, Internet communications allowed images to be seen around the globe only seconds after they were posted. This exhibition, however, focuses on images that were taken before the digital era, using the analog, film process, and on the prints that were produced by hand in the darkroom. Both are considered archaic to today’s practices of disseminate news-breaking stories.

Related Programming:

Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 15, 7 – 8 pm
Topic: Photojournalism and the World
Panel Location: Art Building – Art 103 (Lecture Hall)
Moderator: Sam Lee, adjunct professor art and art gallery director, Los Angeles Valley College


Roderick Lyons, photographer; associate professor of photography, Los Angeles Valley College
Dennis Reed, collector; former dean of arts and emeritus professor of art, Los Angeles Valley College
Stephen White, collector, gallerist, and independent curator of photography

Generous loans have been made possible by Cohen Gallery, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Peter Fetterman Gallery, John Fiedler and Bess Armstrong, Arthur Grace, Takeshi Ishikawa Archive, Dennis and Annie Reed, Huynh Công “Nick” Ut, and Stephen White Collection II.

General Gallery hours:  Monday to Thursday, 11 am – 2 pm and 6 – 9 pm

DIRECTIONS to the LAVC Art Gallery:

From the 170 (Hollywood Freeway): exit Oxnard Street, head west, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C. – SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading West: exit and head north on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, left on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading East: exit and head north on Woodman Avenue, right on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.


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The Art Gallery is located in the Art Building. Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel). Please park in one of the Lot B (northwest) or Lot C (north) of the Art Gallery. During the opening reception, parking is free. Parking permit is required during regular gallery hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.

All events are free to the public.


Sam Lee, Art Gallery Director
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401

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